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County Acquiring Burn Permits to Assist Citizens with Ice Storm Debris

BY LEANN DILBECK –

Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison issued a press release earlier today to advise county residents on the massive amounts of debris left behind from the recent ice storm.

“We encourage Polk County citizens who have vegetative debris from the recent ice storm event to pile and safely burn on their own private property. This is a lawful operation when one burns vegetative matter only and uses best management practices. We recommend that you call the Polk County fire dispatch at 479-394-2512 to advise you will have a controlled burn at your address before starting the fire.”

County officials recognize that many will not feel comfortable or have the ability of burning their own brush and therefore are offering assistance, “For those citizens who are not comfortable with or capable of controlling a burn operation, Polk County is in the process of acquiring burn site permits from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in two separate locations.”

Polk County citizens may bring vegetative debris to these sites for disposal:

Site 1: located 1 mile south of Hatfield, on US Hwy 71, at the Polk County Waste Station

Site 2: located at the south entrance of the Polk County Fairgrounds

These sites will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays only, for four consecutive Saturdays, starting on December 28th and concluding on January 18th, 2014.  There will be Polk County Road Department employees present to verify that only vegetative matter is deposited.

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